Experience Valpo

A list of local eateries and entertainment in the Valpo area.

EVENTS

Central Park Plaza Market: DT
Tues. & Sat 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. through October

Valparaiso Popcorn Fest: DT
September 7th Featuring the Gin Blossoms

Fall Harvest Festival: DT
October 25th 4-6 p.m.

Holly Days: DT
December 6, 5-7 p.m.


BREAKFAST

Broadway Cafe: $, NC
Near campus

Jimmy’s Café: $, DT
Cash only, student favorite

Family Express: $, NC
Square Donuts and JavaWave Coffee

Le Peep: $$
North part of Valpo

Silver Spoon: $$, DT
Classic Brunch fare


SHOPPING

Lifestyles: DT
Toys, decorations, cook ware and other fun items

She’s Crafty: DT
Handmade items and crafting material

The Green Goat: DT
Refurbished furniture and decorations

Bethesda: NC
Local Thrift store

The Welcome Mat: DT
Free Trade items

Old World Market: DT
Fresh Bread & cheese and exotic food items 

Au Natural Market: NC
Organic food and other items 

Galactic Greg’s: NC
Comic books 


PIZZA

Tony’s Place: $, DT
Cash only, local favorite

Greeks Pizzeria: $,DT 
Garlic Knots

Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria: $$
Weekday Lunch Buffet


COFFEE SHOPS

Blackbird Café: $, DT
Quiet, cozy, local favorite

Uptown Café: $, NC
Close by, gelato and local art


OUTDOOR ACTIVITY

Ogden Gardens
Great for pictures

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Fun activities

Rogers Lakewood Park
Hayrides, paddle boats, Tubing in Winter

Forest Park

Discovery Cottage

Deep River Waterpark
Ice skating in winter

Creekside Golf
9 holes and driving range

Zao Island
Miniature golf & lazer tag

Indiana Dunes
Swim, hike and explore nature

Central Park Plaza: DT
Splash Pad and many events

County Line Orchard
Apple picking, hayride and apple donuts

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Chicago Street Theater

Memorial Opera House, DT

Porter County Museum, DT

Front Porch Music, DT


DESSERTS

Designer Desserts: $, DT
Large cupcakes and fun colors

YoMazing: $
Frozen Yogurt

Sticky Fingers: $ DT
Candy shop with old school selections

Kernals & Kones: $ DT
Burst Flavor Ice cream

Pat’s Ice Cream Parlor: $, DT
Giant Cones

Valpo Velvet: $$ DT
Locally made ice cream

South Bend Chocolate Factory: $$ DT
Fondue!


RESTAURANTS

The Valley: $$$, DT
Farm to Fork Restaurant with changing menu

Meditrina: $$, DT
Mediterranean farm

Parea: $$$, DT
Steak House

Roots Organic Café: $, DT
Smoothies

China House: $ (for lunch), DT
$5 lunch specials

Don Quiotes: $$$, DT
Tapas

Pikk’s Tavern: $$, DT
Try the Fries and Dipping Sauces

Bon Femme: $$$, DT
French Fusion

Bistro 157: $$$, DT
Elegance

Stack’s Bar & Grill: $$, DT
Library Themed

La Cabana: $, NC
Delicious Mexican right next to campus

El Amigo: $
Late night must visit

El Salto: $$
North side of Valpo

Kelsey’s Steakhouse: $$$
Visit the Cow & take the steak challenge

Industrial Revolution: $$, NC
Eat & learn about American History

Greenwich Terrace Café: $, DT
Outdoor seating

The Dish: $$$
Classic American Fare

BurgerHaus: $$
Get the fried pickles

Pestos: $$
Italian Cuisine

Billy Jack’s: $$
Southwestern Flare

Schoop’s: $
Old-fashioned burger joint

 

Key:

$: easy on a college budget

$$: good as a treat

$$$: special occasion or when your parents come to town

DT: downtown

NC: near campus



Useful Links: 

Valpolife.com

Valparaisoevents.com